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Principal Licensure Requirements

The University’s Masters in Education/Administration and Supervision (MAED/ADM) program meets the licensure requirements for principal licensure in the states listed below. There are two pathways to achieve certification:

  1. Direct Apply – states that accept our Arizona-approved program and permit candidates to apply directly for certification, and
  2. Reciprocity – states that require candidates of our Arizona-approved program to obtain Arizona certification first before applying for certification in their home state.

Review the licensure requirements listed under your state as you prepare for your journey in Education.

As a principal candidate in Alabama, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates in Alabama will need to have a minimum of three years licensed or certificated instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). A valid teaching certificate is required for licensure. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Exams:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete the Principal certification exam.

Praxis Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision

The principal exam listed above is an Alabama specific exam. Arizona Department of Education (ADE) accepts exams that are equivalent to ADE’s required exams. In order to waive the equivalent Arizona exam, the official score report must document that your exam was reported to another state and that you passed the exam in that state. The Arizona Out of State Exam Equivalents list is maintained by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and can be updated by ADE at anytime.

Arizona Out of State Exam Equivalents by State

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the principal preparation program, Alabama principal candidates will apply for principal licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.*

Fingerprint Clearance is a requirement to be eligible for the Arizona licensure. Candidates outside of AZ must complete the packet process.

Alabama teacher candidates will have to include a copy of their valid Arizona teaching license as part of their application for Alabama licensure.

Alabama Out of State Certificate

 State Agency Contact Information:

Alabama State Department of Education
Mailing Address
PO Box 302101
Montgomery, AL 36104

Physical Address
50 N Ripley St.
Montgomery, AL 36130

Phone: 334-694-4900

Email: comm@alsde.edu

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Alaska, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three years licensed or certificated instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240 hour Administrative Internship experience.

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.

Apply for Licensure:

Alaska principal candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Alaska Department of Education.

Alaska Principal Certification Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Alaska Dept. of Education & Early Development

Mailing Address
PO Box 110500
Juneau, AK 99811-050

Physical Address
801 West 10th Street, Suite 200 
PO Box 110500 
Juneau, AK 99811-0500

Phone: 907-465-2831
Fax: 907-465-2441

Email: tcwebmail@alaska.gov

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Arizona, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three years instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete the Principal certification exam.

AEPA Principal Exam Subtest I and II

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the principal preparation program, Arizona principal candidates will apply for principal licensure through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.

State Agency Contact Information:

Arizona Dept. of Education

Mailing Address:
Certification
PO Box 6490
Phoenix, AZ 85005-6490

Physical Address:
1535 West Jefferson Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Phone: 602-542-4367

Email: certification@azed.gov

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Colorado, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three years licensed or certificated instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 270-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates who signed Enrollment Agreements prior to 2/10/2021 will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. Principal candidates who signed Enrollment Agreements on or after 2/10/2021 will complete a minimum 270-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete the Principal certification exam.

Praxis Educational Leadership Exam for Principal K-12

Apply for Licensure:

Colorado principal candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Colorado Department of Education.

Colorado Initial Principal License Application

State Agency Contact Information:
Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203

Educator Talent – Licensing
6000 E Evans Ave
Building #2, Suite 100
Denver, CO 80222

Phone: 303-866-6628
Fax: 303-830-0793

Email: CDELicensing@cde.state.co.us

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Delaware, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of five years instructional experience in a P-12 setting (42 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a certified, contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. A valid teaching certificate is required for licensure. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Please note, all public and private school facilities serving K-12 students are required to monitor the COVID-19 vaccination status or weekly testing of all “workers” on-site, including admin interns.

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete the Principal certification exam.

Praxis School Leaders Licensure Assessment

Candidates need to take and pass Praxis School Leadership Licensure Assessment (test code 6990) to meet both programmatic and licensure requirements.

The principal exam listed above is a Delaware specific exam. Arizona Department of Education accepts exams that are equivalent to their required exams. In order to waive the equivalent Arizona exam, the official score report must document that your exam was reported to another state and that you passed the exam in that state. The Arizona Out of State Exam Equivalents list is maintained by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and can be updated by ADE at anytime.

Arizona Out of State Exam Equivalents by State

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the principal preparation program, Delaware principal candidates will apply for principal licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.*

Fingerprint Clearance is a requirement to be eligible for the Arizona licensure. Candidates outside of AZ must complete the packet process.

Delaware principal candidates must include a copy of their valid Arizona principal license as part of their application for Delaware licensure.

Delaware Principal Licensure Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Delaware Department of Education
Licensure & Certification
Collette Education Resource Center
35 Commerce Way, Suite 1
Dover, DE 19904

Phone: 302-857-3388

Email: mailbox.deeds@doe.k12.de.us

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in District of Columbia, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three years instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Please note, all public and private school facilities serving K-12 students are required to monitor the COVID-19 vaccination status or weekly testing of all “workers” on-site, including admin interns.

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Apply for Licensure:

District of Columbia principal candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

District of Columbia Licensure Application

State Agency Contact Information:
Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
1050 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Phone: 202-727-6436

Email: osse@dc.gov

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Florida, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three years instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. A valid teaching certificate is required for licensure. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete the Principal certification exam.

Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE)

Apply for Licensure:

Florida principal candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Florida Department of Education.

Florida Initial Principal License Application

Contact Information:

Florida Dept. of Education
Daniel M. Moore, Bureau Chief Educator Certification
Room 201, Turlington Building
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400

Phone: 1-800-445-6739

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Hawaii, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of four years instructional experience in a P-12 setting (34 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

The state of Hawaii requires negative TB testing and MMR immunization prior to entering the classroom. Additional immunization verification may be required for admission in accordance with state requirements.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Additional Requirements:

Completion of the Hawaii Certification Institute for School Leaders (HICISL) program is required to be eligible to apply for a Principal certificate. Visit the HICISL for more information.

Apply for Licensure:

Hawai’i principal candidates will apply directly to their state for initial licensure.

Hawai’i Principal Licensure Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Hawai’i State Dept. of Education
1390 Miller St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-784-6200

Email: doeinfo@k12.hi.us

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Idaho, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of four years licensed or certificated instructional experience in a P-12 setting (30 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. A valid teaching certificate is required for licensure. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete the Principal certification exam.

AEPA Principal Exam Subtest I and II

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the principal preparation program, Idaho principal candidates will apply for principal licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.*

Fingerprint Clearance is a requirement to be eligible for the Arizona licensure. Candidates outside of AZ must complete the packet process.

Idaho principal candidates must include a copy of their valid Arizona principal license as part of their application for Idaho licensure.

Idaho Application for Out-of-State Candidates

State Agency Contact Information:

Idaho State Dept. of Education
Mailing Address:
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0027

Physical Address:
650 W State St, 2nd Floor
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-332-6800
Toll Free: 800-432-4601
Fax: 208-334-2228

Email: info@sde.idaho.gov

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Illinois, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of four years instructional experience in a P-12 setting (30 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Please note, all public and private school facilities serving K-12 students are required to monitor the COVID-19 vaccination status or weekly testing of all “workers” on-site, including admin interns.

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete the Principal certification exam.

Illinois Principal as Instructional Leader

Apply for Licensure:

Illinois principal candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Illinois State Board of Education.

Illinois Educator Licensure Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Illinois State Board of Education
100 N. 1st Street
Springfield, IL 62777

Phone: 217-782-4321
Toll Free: 866-262-6663

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Louisiana, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of five years instructional experience in a P-12 setting (42 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. A valid teaching certificate is required for licensure. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete the Principal certification exam.

Praxis School Leaders Licensure Assessment

Apply for Licensure:

Louisiana principal candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Louisiana Department of Education.

Louisiana Licensure Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Please note, the Louisiana Department of Education does not provide a mailing address for teacher candidates.

Teachlouisiana.net and TeachLALive! Online educator certification portal

http://www.louisianabelieves.com/

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Maine, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three years in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete the Principal certification exam.

Praxis School Leaders Licensure Assessment

Apply for Licensure:

Maine principal candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Maine Department of Education.

Maine Building Administrator Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Maine Dept. of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023

Phone: 207-624-6600
Fax: 207-624-6700

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Maryland, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three years licensed or certificated instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete the Principal certification exam.

Praxis School Leaders Licensure Assessment

Additional coursework:

Principal candidates seeking licensure in Maryland will need 3 semester hours of coursework in Special Education.

State Agency Contact Information:

Maryland State Dept. of Education
Certification Branch
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2595

Phone: 410-767-0390

Email: certdocuments.msde@maryland.gov

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Michigan, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three years instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Apply for Licensure:

Michigan principal candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Michigan Department of Education.

Michigan Initial Principal Licensure Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Michigan Dept. of Education
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI  48909

Physical Address:
608 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48909

Phone: 517-241-5000
Fax: 517-355-4565

Email: MDE-EducatorHelp@Michigan.gov

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Mississippi, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three years instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. A valid teaching certificate is required for licensure. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete the Principal certification exam.

Praxis School Leaders Licensure Assessment

The principal exam listed above is a Mississippi specific exam. Arizona Department of Education (ADE) accepts exams that are equivalent to ADE’s required exams. In order to waive the equivalent Arizona exam, the official score report must document that your exam was reported to another state and that you passed the exam in that state. The Arizona Out of State Exam Equivalents list is maintained by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and can be updated by ADE at anytime.

Arizona Out of State Exam Equivalents by State

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the principal preparation program, Mississippi principal candidates will apply for principal licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.*

Fingerprint Clearance is a requirement to be eligible for the Arizona licensure. Candidates outside of AZ must complete the packet process.

Mississippi principal candidates must include a copy of their valid Arizona principal license as part of their application for Mississippi licensure.

Mississippi Licensure Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Mississippi Dept. of Education
P.O. Box 771
Jackson, MS 39205-0771

Phone: 601-359-3483

Email: techersupport@mdek12.org

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Montana, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three years licensed or certificated instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations*:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Additional Requirements:

Completion of three (3) semester credits of college coursework in Montana school law, including special education law. Montana school law is offered as EDLD 554 at the University of Montana and EDL 530 at Rocky Mountain College, per Montana Office of Public Instruction (MT OPI), November 2020. Once the course is completed, request an official transcript from the institution and have it submitted directly to the MT OPI.   

AND

Completion of the following free on-line course in Indian Education

Introduction to Indian Education for All

Apply for Licensure:

Montana principal candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Montana Office of Public Instruction. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Institutional Recommendation for candidates to include in their application for licensure.

Montana Class 3 Principal Licensure Information

State Agency Contact Information:

Montana Office of Public Instruction
Attn. Educator Licensure
P.O. Box 202501 
Helena, Montana 59620-2501

Phone: 406-444-3150

Email: cert@mt.gov

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Nebraska, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three years instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete the Principal certification exam.

Praxis Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision

Additional Requirements:

Apply for Licensure:

Nebraska principal candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Nebraska Department of Education.

Nebraska Administrative Standard Certificate Requirements

State Agency Contact Information:

Nebraska Dept. of Education
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987

Physical Address:
500 S. 84th St., 2nd Floor
Lincoln, NE 68510-2611

Phone: 402-471-2295
Fax: 402-471-0117

Email: NDE.TCERTWEB@nebraska.gov

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Nevada, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of five years licensed or certificated instructional experience in a P-12 setting (42 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. A valid teaching certificate is required for licensure. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete the Principal certification exam.

Praxis Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision

The principal exam listed above is a Nevada specific exam. Arizona Department of Education accepts exams that are equivalent to their required exams. In order to waive the equivalent Arizona exam, the official score report must document that your exam was reported to another state and that you passed the exam in that state. The Arizona Out of State Exam Equivalents list is maintained by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and can be updated by ADE at anytime.

Arizona Out of State Exam Equivalents by State

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the principal preparation program, Nevada principal candidates will apply for principal licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.*

Fingerprint Clearance is a requirement to be eligible for the Arizona licensure. Candidates outside of AZ must complete the packet process.

Nevada principal candidates must include a copy of their valid Arizona principal license as part of their application for Nevada licensure. 

Nevada Administrator of a School License Information

State Agency Contact Information:

Nevada Dept. of Education
Carson City Office
700 E. Fifth Street
Carson City, NV 89701

Phone: 775-687-9115

Las Vegas Office
2080 E. Flamingo Rd., Suite 210
Las Vegas NV 89119

Phone: 702-486-6458
Fax: 702-486-6450

Email: license@doe.nv.gov

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in New Hampshire, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of five years instructional experience in a P-12 setting (42 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Apply for Licensure:

New Hampshire principal candidates will apply for licensure directly to the New Hampshire Department of Education.

New Hampshire Initial License Application

State Agency Contact Information:

New Hampshire Dept. of Education
Bureau of Credentialing
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-3852

Phone: 603-271-2409

Help Desk Site: https://nhdoepm.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/CHD/overview

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in New Jersey, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of five years licensed or certificated instructional experience in a P-12 setting (42 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. A valid teaching certificate is required for licensure. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Please note, all public and private school facilities serving K-12 students are required to monitor the COVID-19 vaccination status or weekly testing of all “workers” on-site, including admin interns.

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete the Principal certification exam.

Praxis School Leaders Licensure Assessment

The principal exam listed above is a New Jersey specific exam. Arizona Department of Education accepts exams that are equivalent to their required exams. In order to waive the equivalent Arizona exam, the official score report must document that your exam was reported to another state and that you passed the exam in that state. The Arizona Out of State Exam Equivalents list is maintained by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and can be updated by ADE at anytime.

Arizona Out of State Exam Equivalents by State

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the principal preparation program, New Jersey principal candidates will apply for principal licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.*

Fingerprint Clearance is a requirement to be eligible for the Arizona licensure. Candidates outside of AZ must complete the packet process.

New Jersey principal candidates must include a copy of their valid Arizona principal license as part of their application for New Jersey licensure.

New Jersey Principal Certificate of Eligibility

State Agency Contact Information:

New Jersey Dept. of Education
Certification & Induction
PO Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625-0500

Phone: (609) 292-2070.

Email: Licensing.Requests@doe.nj.gov

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in New Mexico, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of six years instructional experience in a P-12 setting (54 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. A valid teaching certificate is required for licensure. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Please note, all public and private school facilities serving K-12 students are required to monitor the COVID-19 vaccination status or weekly testing of all “workers” on-site, including admin interns.

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete the Principal certification exam.

Praxis Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision

The principal exam listed above is a New Mexico specific exam. Arizona Department of Education accepts exams that are equivalent to their required exams. In order to waive the equivalent Arizona exam, the official score report must document that your exam was reported to another state and that you passed the exam in that state. The Arizona Out of State Exam Equivalents list is maintained by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and can be updated by ADE at anytime.

Arizona Out of State Exam Equivalents by State

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the principal preparation program, New Mexico principal candidates will apply for principal licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.*

Fingerprint Clearance is a requirement to be eligible for the Arizona licensure. Candidates outside of AZ must complete the packet process.

New Mexico principal candidates must include a copy of their valid Arizona principal license as part of their application for New Mexico licensure.

New Mexico Licensure Application

State Agency Contact Information:

New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Room 103
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Phone: 505-827-5800

Email: LicensureUnit@state.nm.us

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements. 

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in North Carolina, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three years instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. A valid teaching certificate is required for licensure. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Apply for Licensure:

North Carolina principal candidates will apply for licensure directly to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

North Carolina Administrator Licensure Application Information

State Agency Contact Information:

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Mailing Address:
6301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-6301

Physical Address:
301 N. Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-2825

Phone: 984-716-1800
Toll Free: 800-577-7994

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements. 

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in North Dakota, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three years instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. A valid teaching certificate is required for licensure. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours. The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction currently has two types of principal credential: Elementary Principal Credential (for individuals serving grade levels K-8) and Secondary Principal Credential (for individuals serving in grade levels 5-12). A candidate’s internship experience needs to be at a site within the grade range he or she would like credentialed in post-graduation.*

Apply for Licensure:

North Dakota principal candidates will apply for licensure directly to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction.

North Dakota Initial License Application

State Agencies’ Contact Information:

North Dakota Dept. of Public Instruction
600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 201
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0440

Phone: 701-328-2260

North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board
2718 Gateway Avenue, Suite 204
Bismarck, ND 58503-0585

Phone: 701-328-9641
Fax: 701-328-9641

Email: espbinfo@nd.gov

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Ohio, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three years licensed or certificated instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted. Candidates may choose from the following grade levels for a principal license based upon work experience:

  • Grades PreK-6
  • Grades 4-9
  • Grades 5-12

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours. The Ohio Department of Education currently has three grade ranges for principal credential: Grades PreK-6, Grades 4-9 and Grades 5-12. A candidate’s internship experience needs to be at a site within the grade range they would like a credential in post-graduation.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete the Principal certification exam.

Education Leadership (015)

Apply for Licensure:

Ohio principal candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Ohio Department of Education.

Out-of-State Licensure

State Agency Contact Information:

Ohio Department of Education
Office of Educator Licensure
25 South Front St., Mail Stop 504
Columbus, OH 43215-4183

Phone: 614-466-3593
Toll Free: 877-644-6338
Fax: 614-752-8406

Email: educator.licensure@education.ohio.gov

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Oklahoma, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three years instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete the Principal certification exam.

Principal Comprehensive Assessment – OSAT test code 144

Apply for Licensure:

Oklahoma principal candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Oklahoma Initial License Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Oklahoma State Dept. of Education
Teacher Certification
2500 North Lincoln Boulevard, #212
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105-4599

Phone: 405-521-3337

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Oregon, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three years licensed or certificated instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. A valid teaching certificate is required for licensure. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Please note, all public and private school facilities serving K-12 students are required to monitor the COVID-19 vaccination status or weekly testing of all “workers” on-site, including admin interns.

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete the Principal certification exam.

AEPA Principal Exam Subtest I and II

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the principal preparation program, Oregon principal candidates will apply for principal licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.*

Fingerprint Clearance is a requirement to be eligible for the Arizona licensure. Candidates outside of AZ must complete the packet process.

Oregon principal candidates must include a copy of their valid Arizona principal license as part of their application for Oregon licensure.

Oregon Out-of-State Administrator License Information

State Agencies’ Contact Information:

Oregon Dept. of Education
255 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97310-0203

Phone: 503-947-5600
Fax: 503-378-5156

Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission
250 Division St NE
Salem, OR 97301-1012

Fax: 503-378-4448

Email: contact.tspc@tspc.oregon.gov

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements. 

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Pennsylvania, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three years licensed and certificated instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete the Principal certification exam.

Praxis School Leaders Licensure Assessment

Apply for Licensure:

Pennsylvania principal candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Pennsylvania Initial License Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Pennsylvania Dept. of Education
333 Market Street 
Harrisburg, PA 17126

Phone: 717-728-3224 or 717-787-3356

Email: ra-edcertquestions@pa.gov

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements. 

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Rhode Island, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three years instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 300-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 300-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete a Principal certification exam.

Praxis School Leaders Licensure Assessment

Apply for Licensure:

Rhode Island principal candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Rhode Island Initial License Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Rhode Island Dept. of Education
255 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401-222-4600

Email: eqac@ride.ri.gov

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

 This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in South Carolina, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three years instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. A valid teaching certificate is required for licensure. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

The South Carolina Department of Education currently has two grade spans for their principal credential: Elementary Principal Credential (for individuals serving grade levels PreK-8) and Secondary Principal Credential (for individuals serving in grade levels 6-12). Candidates must have at least one year of teaching experience within the grade span they wish to be certified as a principal (Elementary – PreK-8th or Secondary 6-12). 

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours. The South Carolina Department of Education currently has two grade spans for their principal credential: Elementary Principal Credential (for individuals serving grade levels PreK-8) and Secondary Principal Credential (for individuals serving in grade levels 6-12). A candidate’s internship experience needs to be at a site within the grade range they would like credentialed in post-graduation.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete a Principal certification exam.

Praxis Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision

Apply for Licensure:

South Carolina principal candidates will apply for licensure directly to the South Carolina Department of Education.

South Carolina Adding Leadership Fields Information

State Agency Contact Information:

South Carolina Dept. of Education
1429 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-734-8500

Email: info@ed.sc.gov

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements. 

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Tennessee, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three (3) years instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round school, of which one year (10-months) must have been in a Tennessee public or approved non-public school. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Private schools selected for internship must be accredited by one (1) of the following: any accreditation division of AdvancED (the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI)), the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), any accrediting association recognized by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Commission on Accreditation (e.g., the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)) or the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA).

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete the Principal certification exam.

Praxis School Leaders Licensure Assessment

Apply for Licensure:

Tennessee principal candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Tennessee Department of Education.

Instructional Leader License (ILL) – Without Out-of-State Principal Experience

State Agency Contact Information:

Tennessee Dept. of Education
Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation
9th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243

Email: Educator.Licensure@tn.gov

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Texas, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three years instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. A valid teaching certificate is required for licensure. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete the Principal certification exam.

AEPA Principal Exam Subtest I and II

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the principal preparation program, Texas principal candidates will apply for principal licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.*

Fingerprint Clearance is a requirement to be eligible for the Arizona licensure. Candidates outside of AZ must complete the packet process.

Texas principal candidates will include a copy of their valid Arizona principal license as part of their application for Texas licensure. 

Texas Initial License Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Texas Education Agency
1701 N. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: 512-936-8400

Help desk

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Utah, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three years instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. A valid teaching certificate is required for licensure. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours. The internship hours must be split between Elementary (Grades K-8th) and Secondary (9th-12th) settings. Both settings will need to be officially approved prior to completing internship related activities.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete the Principal certification exam.

AEPA Principal Exam Subtest I and II

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the principal preparation program, Utah principal candidates will apply for principal licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.*

Fingerprint Clearance is a requirement to be eligible for the Arizona licensure. Candidates outside of AZ must complete the packet process.

Utah principal candidates will include a copy of their valid Arizona principal license as part of their application for Utah licensure.

Utah Principal Certificate Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Utah State Board of Education
Mailing Address:
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4200

Physical Address:
250 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111-3204

Phone: 801-538-7500
Fax: 801-538-7973

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Vermont, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three years instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete a Principal certification exam.

Praxis School Leaders Licensure Assessment

Apply for Licensure:

Vermont principal candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Vermont Agency of Education.

Vermont Initial License Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Vermont Agency of Education
Secretary Daniel M. French
1 National Life Drive, Davis 5
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501

Phone: 802-828-1130
Fax: 802-828-6430

Email: aoe.edinfo@vermont.gov

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements. 

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in Virginia, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three years licensed or certificated instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. A valid teaching certificate is required for licensure. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the  240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete a Principal certification exam.

Praxis School Leaders Licensure Assessment

Apply for Licensure:

Virginia principal candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Virginia Department of Education.

Virginia Initial License Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Virginia Dept. of Education
James Monroe Building, 25th Floor
101 N. 14th St.
Richmond, VA 23219

Phone: 800-292-3820

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a principal candidate in West Virginia, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix principal preparation program:

Teaching Experience:

Principal candidates will need to have a minimum of three years instructional experience in a P-12 setting (18 months for admission to the program). The teaching or instructional experience must be as a contracted teacher in either a traditional or year-round public or private school. Applicants must provide evidence of a current teaching license. The current teaching license must be a renewable standard or professional license. Licenses that are designated as a temporary, substitute, emergency, probationary, intern, or other non-professional licenses will not be accepted.

Immunizations:

Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.*

Field Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum of 30 hours of verified field experiences relating to specific course content. The field experience hours are completed outside of the 240-hour Administrative Internship experience.*

Internship Experience:

Principal candidates will complete a minimum 240-hour Internship experience at an approved site. The internship hours are accrued in addition to the field experience hours.*

Exam:

Principal Exam*: Principal candidates will complete a Principal certification exam.

Praxis Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision

Apply for Licensure:

West Virginia principal candidates will apply for licensure directly to the West Virginia Department of Education.

West Virginia Initial License Application

State Agency Contact Information:

West Virginia Dept. of Education
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East 
Charleston, WV 25305

Phone: 304-558-7010
Toll Free: 833-627-2833

*Contact your Education Program Specialist for site approval, testing, and/or licensure information. Internship and licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates must follow the guidelines within their state, which may exceed minimum program requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our principal candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, principal candidates can also check with their state’s licensing authority (contact information provided above).

State Disclosures

The University has determined that its Master of Arts in Education/Administration and Supervision (MAED/ADM) program does NOT meet the requirements for licensure in the following states:

Arkansas, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York

The University, after all reasonable efforts, has been unable to determine whether its Master of Arts in Education/Administration and Supervision (MAED/ADM) program meets the requirements for licensure in the following states. Please click on the links below for contact information for the applicable state licensing board.